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Dell and Red Hat Partner on OpenStack Private Cloud Solutions

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Under a new partnership, IT hardware maker Dell and open source solution provider Red Hat will be jointly engineering private cloud solutions for enterprises based on OpenStack.

Solutions will be built using Dell infrastructure and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack platform, and make Dell the platform’s first OEM provider. RHEL OpenStack integrates OpenStack Havana, the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor, and RHEL 6.5. The joint Dell-Red Hat solution is expected to be available in 2014.

Red Hat, the top contributor to the last two distributions of OpenStack, will also be expanding its 14-year relationship with Dell by jointly contributing code to the OpenStack community and collaborating on RHEL OpenStack Platform 4, currently in beta.

Dell plans to work closely with Red Hat on future projects such as OpenStack Software-Defined Networking and Networking-as-a-Service project “Neutron” as well as OpenStack telemetry project “Ceilometer” that is expected to support service monitoring and customer billing systems. Dell is also joining the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network as an Alliance Partner, the highest tier of program membership.

A Dell-supported OpenStack cloud using an enterprise distribution of Linux should interest many large companies that are seeking cloud solutions but need a high level of assurance, especially from vendors with whom they may already have a relationship. Ideally, this partnership could provide more open, flexible and scalable cloud technologies, and also manage to make important contributions to the core OpenStack codebase open to everyone.

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David Hamilton is a Toronto-based technology journalist who has written for the National Post and other news outlets. He has covered the hosting industry internationally for the Web Host Industry Review with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. David is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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